This is the preliminary (or launch) version of the 2024-2025 VCU Bulletin. We may add courses that expose our students to cutting-edge content and transformative learning. We may also add content to the general education program that focuses on racial literacy and a racial literacy graduation requirement, and may receive notification of additional program approvals after the launch. The final edition and full PDF version will include these updates and will be available in August prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

Umesh R. Desai, Ph.D.
Professor and chair

The Department of Medicinal Chemistry applies the latest strategies and concepts from several broad scientific disciplines — including synthetic chemistry, molecular modeling, computational biology, biological chemistry, structural biology and pharmacology — to discover new pharmaceutical agents and their mechanism of action in various diseases impacting humans.